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New York Boy Writes A Letter That Inspires The President Of The United States

Times like these, it is easy to forget who we are. What does it mean to be an American, a citizen of the land of the free?

We are all living through uncertainty. In a whole world that seems to be confused and struggling with fear and cynicism, this little boy is a shining light on what brotherhood really means.

He writes to President Obama about Omran Daqneesh - the five-year-old boy whose dazed, dust-covered picture made headlines last month.

"Dear President Obama....We will give him a family and he will be our brother."

You might think that six-year-old Alex, a young American growing up in a city that experienced North America's most horrific terror attack, would be wary of people who come from places like Aleppo, Syria.

But he is not.

Obama posted the letter on Facebook and he says that Alex is a 'child who has not learned to be cynical or suspicious or fearful of other people because of where they come from, how they look, or how they pray'. The image went viral and over 121,000 people responded to the post. You can also find it on the White House blog.

Alex saw the photo of the little boy and decided to write a letter to the President, asking him to find Omran and bring him to live with his family. This generous little boy is prepared to open his heart and his home to a stranger - no questions asked. He will share his toys, his friends and his culture simply because he can.

If you read nothing else today, read this letter and believe again that there still is good in this world and that his name is Alex.

Transcript:

Dear President Obama,

Remember the boy who was picked up by the ambulance in Syria? Can you please go get him and bring him to [my home]? Park in the driveway or on the street and we will be waiting for you guys with flags, flowers, and balloons. We will give him a family and he will be our brother. Catherine, my little sister, will be collecting butterflies and fireflies for him. In my school, I have a friend from Syria, Omar, and I will introduce him to Omar. We can all play together. We can invite him to birthday parties and he will teach us another language. We can teach him English too, just like my friend Aoto from Japan.

Please tell him that his brother will be Alex who is a very kind boy, just like him. Since he won't bring toys and doesn't have toys Catherine will share her big blue stripy white bunny. And I will share my bike and I will teach him how to ride it. I will teach him additions and subtractions in math. And he [can] smell Catherine's lip gloss penguin which is green. She doesn't let anyone touch it.

Thank you very much! I can't wait for you to come!

Alex

6 years old


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